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Amy's Story


From autonomous robots to autonomous vehicles, Amy's studies are transporting her around NZ. Find out more about her UC journey below.

We're encouraging new technologies into New Zealand that can make the transport system safer and better for the environment

I love the fact that Christchurch is a growing city with new places to try. I'm also into my outdoors and I love that I can go skiing in winter and to the beach in summer.

Tell us about mechatronics!

It's a mixture of mechanical, electrical, and computer science engineering. We work on heaps of exciting projects, like the Robocup competition. We have to design an autonomous robot that drives around an arena and collects weights. The whole class gets involved which is really cool.

What do you enjoy most studying at UC?

Everybody works together. Even though Robocup is a competition, the whole class helps each other. We have really cool lecturers too. They're a bit crazy but totally relatable. Everyone knows where their offices are and you can go see them anytime. Whether its degree advice or technical advice, they're always there for us.

Any exciting work experiences?

I've had an internship at NZTA which has been an awesome opportunity. My work is to do with autonomous vehicles. We've set up a car with sensors which can drive around and collect data. We're encouraging new technologies into New Zealand that can make the transport system safer and better for the environment.

Sounds fascinating!

It's been invaluable getting to work on technical projects and having real industry people to help. It’s also been a great way to gain confidence in a professional environment. Plus, all the hours I spend working also count towards my degree.

What else have you been up to?

I'm taking on a role as treasurer for Women in Engineering which I'm really excited about. It's a club formed to support women engineers. We have social events, you get to meet women working in the industry and you can get academic help too. At the moment women are still a minority in engineering so I think it's important to have a network of people you can relate to.

UC: good place to study?

Yes! It's collaborative rather than competitive and there’s so much happening around campus.

Chch: good spot to be?

Definitely. I'm a foodie, so I love the fact that Christchurch is a growing city with new places to try. I'm also into my outdoors and I love that I can go skiing in winter and to the beach in summer. There are so many cool things you can do around here.